Specialty Camps

Specialty camps combine a half-day concentration in a specific interest area with a half-day of traditional camp activities. Some Specialty camps target a specific age group or require a two week minimum enrollment.

Download the 2019 Specialty Camps PDF

Note: Specialty program offerings are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

See the Registration webpage for detailed program descriptions, rates, health forms, and other resources.

Specialty Camps - Campers Entering Grades 2-5

The Naturalist (Nats)

Barrie’s campus provides the perfect setting for discovery, exploration, and wonder. Campers develop an understanding and respect for botany, zoology, and chemistry of the Earth. By hunting and gathering, campers contribute living and non-living items to the Camp Nature Center. Gardening, simple field study, experiments, observations and recording activities in Nature journals are important parts of the day.

Weeks 1-8

Studio Arts

Create a variety of two and three dimensional artworks using multiple medias including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and ceramics. Experimenting with traditional and non-traditional materials, campers develop a broader understanding and appreciation for all types of art.

Weeks 1-8

Just Girls or Just Boys

For those who just want to be one of the girls or only hangout with the boys, these single gender groups are an option. Each group rotates through a full day of traditional camp activities.

Weeks 1-8

Specialty Camps - Campers Entering Grades 2-8

Karate Kids

Sensei Brian McNelis (3rd Degree Jhoon Rhee Black Belt) offers a module creating a fulfilling martial arts experience through a ninety minute daily session in Tae Kwon Do, the Korean art of Self Defense. As the summer progresses, participants will have the opportunity to rise two full belts.

Weeks 1-8

Riding Camp - $600 per week

Specialty Riding offers campers the highest level of interaction with horses through horsemanship classes and mounted instruction in hunt seat equitation. Every skill level is accommodated. Riders must supply their own ASTM/SEI certified helmets, long pants, and hard-soled boots with a small heel. Additional fees apply. No Specialty Riding during week 8 when Mini-Stirrup and Equitation Show Super Camps are scheduled.

Weeks 1-7

Meet the horses and learn more about Barrie's year-round Equestrian Program!

Specialty Camps - Campers entering Grades 4-8


Get in the game! Campers who love sports will enjoy intramural play and practice drills. Weeks 1,3,5,7 focus primarily on Soccer skills. Weeks 2,4,6,8 focus primarily on Basketball skills. Additional sports like flag football, kickball, dodgeball, lacrosse, and vollelyball might also be included throughout the week. Coaches keep it fun by emphasize fair play, leadership, and good sportsmanship.

Digital Video Production (DVP) - Two week minimum

DVP touches on digital animation, filmography, coding, or computer editing techniques. Campers learn script writing, storyboarding, and scene development. Working in groups, campers create special projects in film or web design each session.

Weeks 1 & 2 - June 17-28 | Weeks 3 & 4 - July 1-12 | Weeks 5 & 6 - July 15-26 | Weeks 7 & 8 - July 29-August 9

Camper/Counselor in Training Programs - Campers entering Grades 9-10

Camper / Counselor-In-Training Program (C/CIT) - A Specialty Camp for rising 9th graders

The C/CIT program is a Specialty Camp that helps bridge the summers between being a camper and becoming a staff member. Participants receive a purposeful introduction to the role and responsibilities of being a camp counselor combined with first-hand experience. A portion of the day is dedicated to leadership activities and shadowing camp staff with the other portion reserved for the enjoyment of traditional camp activities.

C/CITs are required to enroll in the program for a minimum of two weeks.

Counselor-In-Training Program (CIT) - A service opportunity for rising 10th graders

CITs are full-time, volunteer staff assigned to assist either a counselor or program specialist. An interview is required for applicants who are not former campers or C/CITs. Individuals are expected to possess the same qualities and sense of responsibility as paid camp staff. CITs are expected to work from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm for a minimum of four weeks.

To be considered for a CIT position, please submit a CIT Staff Application.